RICHARD, TIMOTHY (1845 - 1919), ‘one of the greatest missionaries whom any branch of the Church has ever sent to China.’

Name: Timothy Richard
Date of birth: 1845
Date of death: 1919
Spouse: Ethel Richard (née Tribe)
Spouse: Mary Richard (née Martin)
Parent: Eleanor Richard (née Lewis)
Parent: Timothy Richard
Gender: Male
Occupation: missionaries
Place: China
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Edward William Price Evans

Born at Ffaldybrenin, Carmarthenshire, 10 October 1845, the son of Timothy and Eleanor Richard, he was baptized in 1859 and became a member of Caeo Baptist church. After a period of school teaching, he entered the Haverfordwest Baptist College (1865), and in 1869 the Baptist Missionary Society sent him to China. There he laboured, with infrequent furloughs, from 1870 to 1915, first in Chafoo, then in Shantung and Shansi, and finally in Shanghai, when, in 1891, he was appointed secretary of the Christian Literature Society of China. He resigned in 1915, and d. in London, 17 April 1919.

His manifold activities and vast influence defy summary. Pioneer missionary, philanthropist, missionary statesman, scholar, educationist, author, and publicist, friend and adviser of princes and peasants, the name of ‘Li T'i-motai’ was a household word throughout China. His Chinese honours were singularly distinguished, e.g. a mandarin of the highest grade and a member of the Order of the Double Dragon. The University of Wales gave him its LL.D. (1916); he was also D.D. and D.Litt.

Dr. Richard m. (1) 1878, Mary Martin, who d. in 1903, and by whom he had four daughters; (2) 1914, Dr. Ethel Tribe, who survived him. His uncle, Jedediah Richards, is separately noticed.

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Published date: 1959

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